Share the Love: World Smile Day Happening in October

Sep 18, 2015   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   News, Senior Care in Raleigh NC  //  Comments Off

Senior Care in Raleigh NC

‘Share the Love’ day is coming up in October. That infamous yellow smiley face seen all over holds a bit more meaning on this day. In addition to sharing a smile on this day with everyone a person sees, it is also the perfect opportunity to do Senior-Care-Raleigh-NCan act of kindness.

Origins of the smiley face
That famous yellow smiley face first got recognition when the U.S. Post Office featured it on a stamp. The entire intent behind ‘World Smile Day’ is to encourage everyone to provide an act of kindness or help a person smile – the question is, why not do both?

Celebrating ‘World Smile Day’ with the elderly
Someone who may be most in need of a smile is an elderly loved one. As people age and lose mobility, they often begin to feel isolated and lonely. As a result, they can become depressed and sad. However, ‘World Smile Day’ is the perfect time to show this person some love and that they still matter.

The importance of socialization as a person ages
According to a study performed by Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, when a senior is exposed to higher levels of social interaction, even just peripheral interactions, it can result in a significant payoff. In fact, the study, which involved 1,100 seniors suffering from dementia, showed that their cognitive function was actually improved with regular social interaction.

Visiting elderly loved ones or friends
While many seniors have the companionship of an elderly care provider, this does not substitute for visits from family members and friends. What better time to visit an aunt, grandfather or other senior loved one than on ‘World Smile Day?’

Some ways to spend some time and share a smile while performing a random act of kindness for the senior include:

  • Taking a flower or balloon to brighten the senior’s day
  • Taking the senior to lunch or having tea with them
  • Spending time doing a puzzle or talking and sharing stories

The fact is, simply spending time with a senior loved one can bring a smile to their face and actually improve their health.

Regular social interaction can improve a seniors:

  • Mood
  • State of mind
  • Health and well-being

There is no reason not to spend time with a senior loved one. After all, they likely have exciting stories of the past and will enjoy the company that is provided.

‘World Smile Day’ is the first Friday in October and something that everyone should participate in this year.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care services in Raleigh, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 829-2505. Call today!

 

Source

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/October/worldsmileday.htm

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_social_connections_keep_seniors_healthy

Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO

Founder and CEO at Helping Hands of America
Gavin Densmore is founder and CEO of Helping Hands of America LLC, Raleigh North Carolina’s oldest Senior Care agency, alocal niche patient-centric service provider toindividuals living in the Triangle of North Carolina.

Mr. Densmore has over 30 years of comprehensive sales and marketing experience including over 13 years of operational home care experience. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Marketing.

Mr. Densmore is active in many business and industry associations. He is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board for the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern NC chapter. His home care agency is the agency of choice for the State of NC, Duke University and Duke Medical, UNC and UNC Healthcare, WakeMed hospital, Rex hospital, Duke/Raleigh Community hospital, and Duke Energy.He has been an invited speaker at several industry conferences and recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.

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